Hello Gary, you should be able to get exactly what we have and it is
great. First of all it looks like dish network is available in Canada:
Dish offers a system very similar to Tivo, but be careful. The one
they promote is a DVR (digital video receiver) that will record up to
100 hours of programing. They say it is free, but that is not true.
However, the receiver we got will record up to 35 hours and is
absolutely free. The receiver was free, the shipping was free, and
there is no extra monthly charge. It is what Dish calls the model 501.
It will do nearly everything that Tivo will and is completely free. In
order to fast forward or skip through commercials (there is a 30
second skip button that we never use) you would have to wait a couple
of minutes after a show actually starts or record the entire show for
later viewing. The only downside to any satellite receiver is that you
can't watch one show and record another at the same time. You can do
this with two receivers, but it costs more. Here is info on the Dish
Look down the page until you get to "Standard DVR receivers"
DISH 501/508 is a combination DISH Network satellite receiver and
cutting-edge digital video recorder.
DVR (Digital Video Recorder) allows you to pause live TV, play, stop, skip
forward (30 seconds), skip back (10 seconds), quick record
40-80 gigabyte hard drives
Up to 60 hours* of 100% digital video recording
Optical outputs for Dolby® Digital or Linear PCM digital audio
Up to 9-day extended Electronic Programming Guide
I believe that this is as close as you can get to Tivo without paying
extra. Of course you will have to switch over from cable to Dish, but
I will bet that the monthly charges are about the same.
Let me know if there is something I left out.
Request for Answer Clarification by
06 Mar 2005 13:52 PST
For the local channels, etc. will it be local to my region? So, I'm in
Toronto, so will there be, say, local Toronto news available?
Also, isn't there a way to 'do this' without subscribing to a service,
such as a DVR or something? Possibly something to replace my
5-year-old VCR as well, maybe.